Egypt in the News on 29 June 2020
Egyptian belly-dancer Sama El Masry’s three-year jail sentence and EGP 300k fine is leading the conversation on Egypt in the foreign press. El Masry was arrested in April after sharing videos online which the court said incite “immorality” and upend Egyptian family values. The dancer denies the allegations, and claims the videos were stolen and uploaded from her phone without her knowledge. (Reuters | Sky News | Independent | Times of Israel | The Mirror | The Telegraph)
Elsewhere: Egypt’s film festivals are set to go ahead as planned in 2H2020 as covid-19 restrictions are lifted, according to Al Monitor. This includes El Gouna Film Festival, the Cairo International Film Festival, and Alexandria International Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries.